Yom Kippur Annual Appeal

At Central Synagogue

This year, more than ever, we are counting on your generosity to Central’s Yom Kippur Appeal, which supports our inspirational worship services, exceptional adult programming, and engaging religious school education.

The Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA) is our annual fundraising campaign and Central’s main source of operating support beyond membership dues and tuition. Gifts to YKA enable us to continue responding with innovation to our community’s needs while adhering to our financial principles and goals. It is only through the generosity of our members that we are able to achieve our mission of transforming the way people experience Jewish life.

Your YKA Support Enables Jewish Continuity

Rabbi Rubin officiates a wedding

Your support of Central’s Annual Yom Kippur Appeal helps to fund important initiatives such as the Center for Exploring Judaism, which welcomes anyone wishing to explore Jewish life. Couples and singles alike are invited to take courses, receive guidance and counseling, and join the community. Under the leadership of Rabbi Lisa Rubin, nearly 1,000 students have worked towards Jewish literacy and/or conversion, and together, those alumni have welcomed almost 250 babies into Jewish homes!

Your YKA Support Enables Central’s Worldwide Livestream Reach

Central AV Staff

Whether being watched by a Central congregant unable to get to services due to illness, or by a participant on the other side of the globe far from a local shul, Central’s livestreamed worship services are appreciated by thousands each week. Your annual support of our YK Appeal ensures that the beautiful singing, prayers, and messages from the bimah are the highest possible quality (and almost as good as being there in person).

YKA Support for Inclusive Education at Central

Rena Allen

Your contributions to our Yom Kippur Appeal are fundamental to ensuring the breadth and depth of programs offered throughout the year at Central. This includes support for educators like Rena Allen, Director of Developmental Learning and Special Education. Rena was a recent recipient of the Young Pioneers Award in 2019, recognized for her work in making Jewish education accessible to all learners and structuring environments that contribute to student success. Building on the Jewish value of inclusion, Rena works to ensure that all students feel connected to Judaism, and develop a sense of belonging to their Jewish community. Rabbi Buchdahl noted that at Central Rena, “has transformed the way we think about teaching to the needs of every child.”

Rena also serves as a mentor to Central’s full-time LCLJ religious school, nursery school, and camp educators. Her expertise in learning differences translates into more creative and inclusive classrooms. Described as a “teacher’s teacher,” her commitment to every child and every teacher has been critical in elevating the work of inclusion at Central.

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Jeremy Fielding  |  September 27, 2020

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Jeremy Fielding  |  October 10, 2019

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Jeremy Fielding  |  September 19, 2018

Your support and generosity is critical. It is what allows our team to lead worship, give pastoral care to those in need, educate our children and adults, open our arms and doors to those interested in exploring Judaism, do good in our city and our world, and countless other ways large and small where we make Reform Judaism count in people’s lives.

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Abigail Pogrebin  |  September 29, 2017

For my wonderful Mom, her habits, traditions, and rituals are ingrained and immovable. I learned how to set a Jewish table from her. How to make crispy potato latkes. The importance of lighting a menorah for eight nights and attending two family seders. I absorbed the pride of being Jewish from her, and yes, how to repurpose last night’s chicken. What I didn’t learn, however, was the value and power of being part of a synagogue.

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Abigail Pogrebin  |  October 11, 2016

In this day and age of endless choices, distractions – and with a glut of content that can make our heads spin – one could ask, Who has time for synagogue? But it’s precisely because of all that noise that we turn to this place – to find peace, connection and meaning away from the fray. To help explain to our children why we light candles every Friday night, or make a sandwich for a person who lives on the street, or pay a shiva call. All of you reaffirm – year after year, with your hearts, your time and yes, your resources – that indeed, we’ve got time for synagogue. This synagogue.

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The following are the categories of support for the Yom Kippur Annual Appeal:

  • Pillars ($100,000+)
  • Guarantors ($75,000–$99,999)
  • Guardians ($50,000–$74,999)
  • Sustainers ($36,000–$49,999)
  • Benefactors ($25,000–$35,999)
  • Visionaries ($18,000–$24,999)
  • Leadership Circle ($10,000–$17,999)
  • Anchors ($7,500 to $9,999)
  • Supporters ($5,000–$7,499)
  • President’s Club ($2,500–$4,999)
  • Patrons ($1,000–$2,499)
  • Contributors ($500–$999)
  • Friends ($499 and below)